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Scenic Drive To Kingston

The scenic drive from Queenstown to Kingston offers 40 km of mountain and lake scenery. The highway turns south from Frankton to follow the southeastern shore of the lake, skirting the foot of The Remarkables and the Hector Mountains. This stretch of the highway rises and falls over a stretch known as “The Devil’s Staircase”.

There are many places to stop along the way for picnics by the lake or photo opportunities.

Park Over Property (PoP) – Free Camping

Anyone can park over at the Kingston Flyer Station. Enjoy the benefits of having the Flyer Cafe and Bar right there for casual meals, refreshments and coffees.

Fairlight – 10 Minutes Drive South Of Kingston

New Zealand gifts and souvenirs
Snacks, cold drinks and ice creams
Access to the Mataura River

DOC Walking Tracks:

Te Kere Haka Track

The first 30 minutes are within reserve boundary. Private land lies beyond and access must be obtained from Allendale Station to continue in the direction of Fairlight. Plan your trip to meet up with the return Kingston Flyer journey departing Fairlight at 11am and 2:30pm. The train can also carry mountain bikes if you choose to ride one way and catch the train back.

Shirtail Track

This one starts at the Te Kere Haka Reserve and follows the shirtail stream up to the bushline for a spectacular view of Kingston, Lake Wakatipu and the Hector Mountains.

High County Walks

Guided and freedom walks with an overnight option of staying at Chinaman’s Hut.
You can include the Kingston Flyer excursion with pickup from Fairlight. Please Email High County Walks to discuss this option.


Kingston has a 9 hole golf course and clubs available for hire. It is easy walking with no bunkers. Phone 03 248 8882 for information.

The Kingston Lakefront

Picnic   –   Boating   –   Fishing

Around The Mountains Cycle Way

Watch this space for important updates on the progress of the rail trail around the mountains coming 2012/2013. Starting from Queenstown on The Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station and stopping in Fairlight where you will be able to board the Kingston Flyer for the last 14kms into Kingston.

Exteme Sports:


The national acrofest champs were held in Kingston for five consecutive years. The location puts paragliders 760 metres above the water!

Rock Climbing

There are a few nice long climbs perched above the lake. All worth a visit. Contact the Queenstown Climbing Club for more information.